Florida education news: Double dipping, FCAT, English language programs and more
GOING NEGATIVE: Pasco schools superintendent Heather Fiorentino attacks main challenger Kurt Browning as a "double dipper."
POOR MORALE: A climate survey reveals major discontent at Pasco's Hudson Middle School.
DEAL WITH IT: Florida education commissioner Gerard Robinson tells a Duval audience that recent FCAT changes were necessary, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Polk County teachers say more parents should complain to state leaders about their kids taking too many tests, the Ledger reports.
TOO LONG: An audit indicates that Orange County schools keep students in English language learner programs beyond their need, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
'INJUSTICE': The mom of a Manatee student insulted by his teacher on Facebook calls the teacher's verbal reprimand unacceptable and calls for a tougher punishment, the Bradenton Herald reports.
ARRESTED: Former Broward Teachers Union president Pat Santeramo faces 20 criminal charges including racketeering and money laundering, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
EXTRA MONEY: The Brevard School Board asks voters to approve a half-percent sales tax for school construction and repairs, Florida Today reports.
PROPERTY BATTLE: The Okaloosa school district and the city of Valparaiso settle a zoning dispute on district-owned land, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.